FAN's Featured Blog Post
Things to Consider When Hiring a Lawyer for Your Community Association
posted by Leigh C. Katzman Esq., Katzman Garfinkel, December 16, 2015
Hiring the right lawyer to represent your Community Association is an important decision. Does the law firm and lawyer you are interviewing specialize in Community Association Law? How long have they been actively representing community associations? How long have they been in business? Read more
Industry News and Articles
Keep in mind that some of the articles are directed toward HOAs or condos specifically, but most can be applied to all types of community associations.
To Claim, or Not to Claim? The Insurance Dilemma
posted by Greg Olear, The South Florida Cooperator, December 2015
Individuals, associations and other entities carry insurance coverage to protect them from liability, loss, and other financial and legal threats—that's pretty basic. What isn't always so basic is deciding when to file a claim versus paying out of pocket for a loss or damage. Read more
Three Pending House Bills Affecting all Florida Community Associations
posted by Jeffrey Rembaum, Esq., Kaye, Bender, Rembaum, December 21, 2015
In anticipation of the 2016 Florida legislative session, Representative John Cortes of the Florida House of Representatives filed three bills affecting all Florida community associations and managers. Read more
Are Loan To Value Requirements Legal?
posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, December 17, 2015
While “loan to value” requirements are not common, in my experience, they are not prohibited and if the requirement is included in the declaration of condominium or declaration of covenants, it is enforceable. Read more
posted by Rosemary Rayman, Public Information Manager, Lake Worth Drainage District, December 8, 2015
The Urban Mobile Irrigation Lab: Helping South Florida Residential Associations with Irrigation
The Urban Mobile Irrigation Lab is a resource available to residential associations in Palm Beach County. Sponsored by the Palm Beach Soil and Water Conservation District (PBSWCD), the lab can perform irrigation evaluations within communities to help reduce potable water use and leaching of fertilizers on urban land. Read more
Problem Parking in your Community Association?
posted by Donna DiMaggio Berger, The Community Association Law Blog, December 9, 2015
It really shouldn't come as a surprise that older multifamily communities in Florida (and elsewhere in the country) have serious parking problems these days since those communities were built decades ago when families used fewer cars. Read more
Is Your Condo Going to the Dogs?
posted by Laura Manning-Hudson, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, December 15, 2015
If your condominium's governing documents allow dogs and renters, my bet is there's a large number of both in your community. We get a lot of questions from condominium boards asking how they can reduce the number of renters and dogs in their buildings because - in the words of one manager: "Our building is going to the dogs!" Read more
posted by Ashley Dietz, Marketing Director, Campbell Property Management, December 11, 2015
Fun Fridays: Holiday Decor at Pines of Delray West
Check out the awesome holiday decorations at The Pines of Delray West Clubhouse! Can you believe it is ALL hand-made? Read more
Important Considerations for Community Association Foreclosures
posted by Michael Toback, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, December 1, 2015
Foreclosures by community associations against their delinquent unit owners were virtually unheard of 10 years ago, as lenders would almost always move quickly with their own foreclosures against these owners, and their first-mortgage liens are superior to those of associations. Read more
Do Budget Workshops Fall Under Sunshine Law?
posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, December 29, 2015
To answer this question, it is first necessary to establish who is authorized to adopt the budget. This question is typically addressed in either the association’s declaration or bylaws and will provide that it is the board or the members that adopt the budget. Read more
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Florida Communities of Excellence
The Florida Communities of Excellence Awards is the first and only comprehensive, independent recognition program for the tens of thousands of community associations throughout Florida. The program enables the top communities in the state to promote their accomplishments and raise their profiles while documenting their success and enabling others to learn from their examples. Click here
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